“Chicks dig scars,” is something I often heard growing up, and strangely enough, this weird generalization helped me to accept and embrace the scar I had foolishly gotten myself above my right eye.

But dated stereotypes can't come to the rescue for everyone, and some people have scars that affect not only their self-esteem about their appearance but bring back genuinely traumatic memories every time they see them. Others are born with birthmarks no one asked for.  Being devilishly difficult things to erase sometimes, often the best way to take back control of your body image is by incorporating your marks into something positive, something that you chose yourself. Tattoo artists are incredibly talented and creative people who can often relish the extra challenge of working with a scar or a birthmark to create something truly unique. This list compiled by Bored Panda is full of beautiful, funny and downright genius ways that tattoos have transformed old wounds and marks, and healed some of the mental scars that came with them. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Eric Catalano Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazingly realistic job from the tattoo artist!

View more comments
#2

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

darbytattoo Report

birdhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! This is gorgeous!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Thank You So Much To Linnea

charlotteglatt_tattoos Report

meAgan
Community Member
2 years ago

oh wow

View more comments
#4

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Holdenl2121 Report

Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

No bones about it, this one is clever

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Scar Tattoo

flavia.daedratattoo Report

meAgan
Community Member
2 years ago

may the force be with you

Oscar
Community Member
2 years ago

Always

Load More Replies...
Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

Darth Stewie!! LOL

Ben Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Lmao! It’s friggin stewie from family guy!!

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Load More Replies...
Chris Steele
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a cute tattoo. The artist made the scar look like a light saber.

Sheila Schaefer
Community Member
2 years ago

So cool!! What a great idea!! Very tough little Darth Vader!!

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

Now my hubby wants a double Lightsaber tattoo over his 2 scars under his wrist.

Pinky Pop
Community Member
2 years ago

I've just sithed my pants.... (family guy)

Amazon QT
Community Member
2 years ago

🤣🤣🤣

Load More Replies...
Valereee
Community Member
2 years ago

🤔 😂👍

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this

Cheryl Hopper
Community Member
2 years ago

Brill!

Em B
Community Member
2 years ago

AWESOME!

Debbie Donohue
Community Member
2 years ago

Great job

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
2 years ago

Thats awesome.

Alexandra Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

I have a similar scar on my forearm, now I really want this tattoo!

glowworm2
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is cute!

Night Owl
Community Member
2 years ago

Adorable

SupriyaG
Community Member
2 years ago

Hehe..cutest one!

Brooklyn Costley
Community Member
10 months ago

that's cute

Mangle the Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

luke I am your father

kombizz
Community Member
2 years ago

ha ha ha

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome!!

Kala Subramaniam
Community Member
2 years ago

oooo tiny darthie! i can pocket him!

Wanda Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

Great x

Mike Procaccini
Community Member
2 years ago

FANTASTIC!

Ann Mozdzer
Community Member
2 years ago

So good !

Ivy Stockstill
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm imagining Darth Vader on helium.

gwenie Mugliston
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful and beautifully done.

Notsoboredpanda
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this 😍

Shellee Souza
Community Member
2 years ago

awesome!

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

So inventive, genius! I love this!!

SirWriteALot
Community Member
2 years ago

Ouch ... whenever I touch my scar lightly it hurts, or at least feels weird. Wouldn't want a gazillion pokes of a needle in there! Impressed!

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
2 years ago

Adorable. Little Baby Darth Vader. But they have way too many CUT marks. At least they managed to improve the look of that one though.

hashwadoobies
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Self inflicted scars do not deserve praise.

Alex Bailey
Community Member
2 years ago

Who are you to judge anyone or to make any assumptions?

Load More Replies...
hashwadoobies
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

self inflicted scars don't deserve praise.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Birthmark Tattoo

alex_anvil Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

This is such a clever idea, not hiding the birthmark while still keeping the tattoo fun!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Scar

meninked Report

Caroline Huot
Community Member
2 years ago

This. This is FABULOUS.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Made Use Out Of A Birthmark

hectorfong Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so funny and clever too, making your birthmark even more unique!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

yasinaliciart Report

Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

This is amazing. I cannot comprehend how it's possible to tattoo on scar tissue that well.

View more comments
#10

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

mini_tattooer Report

Michelle Sebold
Community Member
2 years ago

The art work is so perfect for this! Love your work.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

aisana_ykt Report

Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't get over how beautiful these pastel tattoos are! They look like paintings.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

tattoomachinenapoles Report

Not Alec
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks TOO real! I applaud the tattoo artist!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Cello tattoo incorporating a 30 year old scar

theanswerplus Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

pure art

View more comments
#14

Tatuagem Realizada Por

brechagram Report

Lotte
Community Member
2 years ago

can you zip me up?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Tattoo

peyotlbodymod Report

meAgan
Community Member
2 years ago

that is like so cool

View more comments
#16

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

"Face your demons" tattoo

MyUsernameIsNotCool Report

Smackiex
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is my favorite ❤️ love the art work and the meaning behind it. Just beautiful. :)

View more comments
#17

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

mini_tattooer Report

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so pretty on its own! And it does a brilliant job to cover up the scar

View more comments
#18

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

j9illustration Report

Kaisu Rei
Community Member
2 years ago

I love Charmander!

View more comments
#19

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, I love this. Completely disguises the scar so well.

View more comments
#20

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

evanmakesart Report

Not Alec
Community Member
2 years ago

He’s gonna need a bigger boat...

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#21

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

freepsports Report

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

:)

View more comments
#22

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

jattoos Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

My husband could have that one on his thigh!! Shame he's really not into tattoos. :(

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

SloDilf1493 Report

Paan Sy
Community Member
2 years ago

huwwwwow!

View more comments
#24

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

beni.ink Report

Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks amazing.

View more comments
#25

Scar-Birthmark-Tattoo-Cover-Ups

anna_furdui Report

Alexandra Yuan
Community Member
2 years ago

its legit a perfect carrot shape

View More Replies...
View more comments